We are hikers and don't have ATV's, so hiking trails are a must for us. Thankfully, the Tie Flume campground is near abundant hiking and ATV trails. We found trails way off the beaten path and enjoyed three full days of hiking.
Be aware that you will have to arrive with water in your tank if you are in an RV. The hand pumps at the campground do not allow you to attach a hose. The water was wonderful though.
There is NO cell service within 18 miles of the campground. Additionally, there is no grocery store or even stocked service station within miles as well. Come prepared with what you need for your entire stay.
The Burgess Junction dump station is great and you can fill water tanks there on your way in and dump on your way out.
Easy to get to and private campsite. A little circular dirt parking area was a good spot for us to setup our trailer for the night. There is enough space for multiple RV's or tent camping. There are no amenities but great views and privacy. There is no Verizon cell phone service and TONS of broken glass and there is ample room if you want to setup a tent, but there is debris in the area. Don't let this deter you from this FREE campsite as there is tons to see and do. You can hike up bluffs and walk through the old 1880's coal mining town. We would stay at this location again as its very convenient to get to if in route out west.
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High desert camping overlooking Bighorn Lake and the marina. I highly suggest you pay the extra couple bucks for a site with the covered picnic table to get some shade. Some sites have been updated with water and electric hookups, some have grills and tent pads and some don’t, but all have fire pits and picnic tables. The bathrooms have flush toilets and were very clean. If you need a shower, head into Lovell and drop a donation in the box at the City Camping Park and use the super clean showers there. I spent a long time talking with the host who’s home is just north in Montana. He had great ideas about taking the canyon boat ride (about $40 for a two hour tour), checking out Devils Canyon, or looking for bighorn sheep and Pryor Mountain wild horses (both of which I saw!).
What a gem this find was! Free camping with showers and bathrooms as clean as home, close to restaurants and a cute movie theater, and close to the Bighorn Canyon with great wildlife. I took advantage of its location to head towards Cody to visit the Heart Mountain Internment Camp interpretive center as well as to head up Bighorn Canyon to look for wild horses in the Pryor Range. There are about 8 RV pull through sites and about 5 or 6 tent sites, all with picnic tables available(although some tent sites share a table). The tent pads are not really dedicated pads, but they are covered in wood mulch, so they are nice and soft. You do get a little noise and dust from the nearby ballfields, and it was really windy the afternoon I showed up so I was glad I had extra tie downs for my tent. Once the sun set however, the wind died down. While the campground isn’t a destination site, it’s a great stop off while traveling.
Head into the northern side of the Bighorns and you come across Sibley Lake. The campground has electric and non-electric loops. Sites are large and you find yourself under tall trees. The camp host keeps the vault toilets and campground clean. Drive through the campground, or take the road that skirts it to the left, and you find picnic areas. Launch your boat to catch some fish or just enjoy the day. We saw families having picnic celebrations on this holiday weekend. There is also a hiking/skiing route that has several loops. Go around Sibley or extend your adventure further. There is a donation box for trail upkeep.
This is a nice campground that is closest to the towns in the east.
I got lucky here and scored site #18 which was very private and at the end of a lollipop loop. While this site is further away from the creek and closer to the road, it was still quieter than sites on the creek(which were all taken anyway). There is a little trickle of a creek nearby that did a nice job of drowning out the road noise in the evening. There was a nice little trail that went up the hill and overlooked the bigger Prune Creek and all of the people floating and tubing down the creek. If you want a site on the creek, the best ones seemed to be#6-9. My site had the usual picnic table and fire pit, and nice hammock trees. I did find it interesting that while the dumpsters were bear proofed, there were no bear boxes at every campsite. There were two bear boxes and both were next to the water pumps. The vault toilets were not especially clean, most likely due to the heavy use by creek floaters and tubers. While walking down to the creek I noticed that there was some dedicated parking for fishermen, which I guess means that there may be some people in the campground that are not camping.
On Highway 16 across from the lake. There are great views of the mountains with nice wooded sites. The vault toilets were really clean and there was some bit of privacy between sites. Each site had the usual picnic table and fire pit (no bear boxes). In the evening there was a lot of wildlife in the meadow to watch, so try and get a site on the outside of the loop so you can watch. Because it was early in the season (the campground had only been open for a week when I arrived), they were not collecting fees yet (I double checked with the campground host). North Cove was across the street from the entrance and was very popular with fishermen and boaters.
A climbers campground on the west side of the Big Horn Mountains, this was a very useful find when a reservation didn’t pan out up canyon. There are a lot of pluses and minuses to this campground. On the minus side is the fact that it is right on the road with no buffer, sites are very small, there is no privacy between sites, and you likely won’t have cell service. But on the plus side is that it is$5 a night with$2 showers, the bathhouse is pretty clean, there is an outdoor kitchen with sink, two fridges for camper use(mark your items!), Tensleep Creek drowns out most of the highway noise(especially if you get a site on the creek), there is a really nice large pavilion with lots of picnic tables and lots of beta for climbers, there is free wifi in the pavilion, and you aren’t too far from town to get supplies or go to the brewery or from heading up the mountain to the Big Horns.
For $17 a night, try and get a site right on Tensleep Creek. Sites are pretty, and private-ish with lots of trees (some good for hammocking, some not). Everything was really well maintained to the point of everything looking new. All the usual amenities of picnic tables and fire pits and grills, PLUS there are pretty awesome prep tables for cooking and a lantern pole at each site, with super clean vault toilets where the camphosts have set pots of flowers to improve the setting. I suggest getting a site on the backside of the loop away from the road. The campground hosts were great, checking on campers a couple of times in the early evening and again in the morning. They rolled around in their golf cart stocked with firewood for sale so you didn’t have to hike back to the top of the hill to get your wood. There are some great family activities areas in the campground with horseshoes, cornhole, and other games set up in a central activities area.
This campground has several loops that nicely disperse campers. The sites have some great tree cover. We loved the layout of some sites. The camper pad was separated from the picnic tables by some trees too. Water is available at a couple hand pumps that are out in the open. Clean restrooms and trash cans are here too.
Our interest in this campground was built by the closeness to Medicine Wheel National Monument. It is a sacred place that is worth the time to see. There are some national forest roads that go off the main route. The drawback was the lack of trees and forest but the expansive views made up for it.
Vote with your dollars: say no to this place because the owner, Louie Anderson, has chipped holds, drilled pockets, and manufactured rock climbing routes in a way that violates widely the accepted ethics of the climbing community, including the Access Fund, and the Bighorn Climbers' Coalition. One might even argue he created new routes in order to bring more climbers to this business. The storm he's stirred up has caused a moratorium on all new routes and outrage in the climbing community. See rockandice.com/climbing-… So please find another place to stay or your dollars will help him chip and manufacture more routes, permanently damaging the natural beauty of Ten Sleep.
Only one spot was suitable for a car camping, the rest were for tents. There is a big waterfall up at the top of the campground, short hike. Spot had a bench, 2 picnic tables and a firepit. The creek was rushing right below the site. 2 bathrooms and trash cans. Only $7/night.
This great little RV park is outside of Thermopolis by a couple of miles, but it is worth the extra drive. Very friendly staff, the sites are close to gather but comfortable. I’ll hook ups included for a reasonable price. Plenty of trees shrubs and grass around to make a mess outdoors experience. The highlight are the mineral hot spring swimming pools (included). All around great site, highly recommend.
This is a great campground if you're going to be out on the lake or hitting the off-road trails. Its literally a campground in the desert though there are some great views in the surrounding areas. The campground itself if nice if you don't mind that there aren't any trees. There are some permanent shades in select campgrounds. Some sites have full water and power hook-ups and there's a free dump station on your way out. The campground was clean! Some sites are very very basic and some sites are updated and well laid out with plenty of room. We went over 4th of July weekend with no reservations and there were still a handful of open sites available though the good ones that would fit a longer camper trailer were pretty much taken up. The camp hosts were super friendly. The campground sits about a 1/2 mile or so from the lake. The marina/boat dock has a tiny store and there is a great area for day use (bring mosquito spray!). If you're going up for off-roading be sure to print out some maps before hand as there are plenty of great trails and views in this area! The attached pics are from Devil's Canyon Lookout area and from up the canyon in a boat.
This place was stunning and you can’t beat the mineral hot spring. The facilities could use some updating, you have the sulfer smell constantly, and the train tracks run right by it, BUT I would have stayed a week if I could. Staff was super friendly and the grounds are well kept. Would recommend!
It’s hard to believe that a town creates a free campground for anybody to use. This is well laid out with RV and tent sites. Water, restrooms and showers are all available. There is a donation box for people to offer their own fair value price. Perhaps all towns should offer donation based camping. With the effort the town put into this place, it’s a blessing.
Town is a wonderful place. There are some unique small stores and restaurants. The families sitting in their yard wave as you pass. Right next to the campground is a great park.
This is a wonderful community offering.
A remote campground with large sites and raised grills. The river is just down the road. This is a quiet place to relax in the Bighorns. There was only one other camper and many open sites. It seems that most people went to Ranger Creek Campground which is just down the road.
Bring your atv and explore some trails. Fishing seems to happen along the river as well as ponds further down the road. Keep driving down 26 to reach some more beautiful Bighorn Mountain scenes.
This really isn’t a campground. It’s a dispersed camping area that becomes a mini city during the summer.
Campers are lined up right next to each other with little space between them. The road ends at a fenced and limits the number of campers on this side. The Guard Station is here and the ranger was very friendly. It is an easygoing place if you are set up for dispersed camping.
Alternatively, Dead Swede and Tie Flume campgrounds are in the area. This dispersed area could be a great backup if they have no room.
This really isn’t a campground. It’s a dispersed camping area that becomes a mini city during the summer. The river crossing is tenuous so they recommend no trailers.
This dispersed camping section was more spread out with lots of space between campsites. The Guard Station is here and the ranger was very friendly. It is an easygoing place if you are set up for dispersed camping. Alternatively, Dead Swede and Tie Flume campgrounds are in the area.
This dispersed area could be a great backup if they have no room.
Camp here all the time, love it! Great walking trails, close to Meadowlark Lake, great fishing, awesome hosts, tons of ATV trails.
We stayed here for just a night. Our spot was in the lower loop, as we were just tent camping. The campsite overall is wonderfully kept; tables are newly painted, the area is very clean, and each site is maintained well. Our site was also right next to the lake, which was beautiful. We saw many people fishing on the lake. There are very few trees between sites however, so there isn’t very much privacy.
Stayed here 2 times. One time in the tipis In July and one time in an RV site in early May. The tipis are gorgeously appointed and so comfortable to sleep in. They are right on the Shoshone, definitely a great and five star experience. You can fish on the river if it’s not running too fast and there is a Trout pond you also can fish for free.
The RV sites are all pull-through and very nice grace ,but unfortunately can’t see the river from them. The showers and laundry are clean but laundry is limited. They have a coffee shack but not open. Lots of great birds of prey in the area. Close to Cody.
A hot tub and larger laundry would make this place perfect.
The Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site is maintained by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. I normally avoid campgrounds and prefer dispersed camping or backpacking, but I gladly camp here. Sites are well spaced out with Medicine Lodge Creek running through the campground. A walking/bike path goes end to end in the park following the creek. It does not have electrical hookups or dump stations for RVs. There are no shower facilities, but it does have vault toilets and drinking water. You can also buy firewood onsite as there is really nowhere to gather your own wood inside the park. You can go down the 4WD road at the north end of the park to Black Butte a bit and usually find your own firewood, however. All fires must be within the campsite fire rings.
The Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site is a perfect place to camp to explore the Bighorn Mountains, being relatively close to the Medicine Wheel and Shell Falls. If you enjoy craft beer, Tensleep Brewery -- located in a refurbished barn -- is located approximately 20 - 30 miles south in Tensleep.